Monthly Archives: August 2008

Passive vs Active Income: Are You Working For the Wrong Income?

As children, we are often taught by our parents to do well in school, go to college and get a good job to succeed financially in life? We have all heard that being active and hard work will make us … Continue reading

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Zucchini – Valuable Ally of Frugal Cooks

My family has long had a love hate relationship with zucchini. My grandparents, mom and I have planted one plant each and every year for as long as I can remember. Until about mid-August every loaf of fresh-baked zucchini bread … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading – Personal Finance Round-Up

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Does $250K per year make you rich? Pinching pennies like your grandparents Vacation Homes Without All the Expense … Continue reading

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Simple Home Improvement Money Savers

My home improvement project list never seems to get any shorter. Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t get any bigger. I’ve had to be pretty creative and really look for ways to save money while personalizing and renovating my house. Fortunately there … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Help Your Kids to Spend Wisely

Kids often view cash and gift cards as things that need to be used immediately. I recall how my now grown son spent all of his birthday money within two days after he had received it, often wasting it on … Continue reading

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31 Ways to Improve Your Career Today

While I currently work for myself, there was a time when I actually worked for a large corporation. My time there taught me that corporate life wasn’t the career path that I ultimately wanted to walk down, but that didn’t … Continue reading

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There Are Some Foods That Should Never Be Made Generic

Getting my finances in order sucks. It sucks even more when I have idiots teaching me how to do it. Since I am now writing for a personal finance blog, I decided that I should actually try and get my … Continue reading

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Financial Benefits of Owning a Dog

After years of struggling to justify the cost of dog ownership, I have compiled a list of chores for my dogs to do that save me money and time. Training was simple, since most duties are derived from their natural … Continue reading

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Water, Water Everywhere! Why You Need Flood Insurance

Mother Nature can give us a lot of free entertainment. There are few things more relaxing than hiking through the woods on a Saturday morning or sitting outside on a Sunday afternoon and watching the sunset. Mother Nature can also … Continue reading

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Talking About Money Is Inappropriate

Not that long ago it was taboo to speak about money in public. But now, as with so many other things, talking about money has become more acceptable. I hear it all the time. Friends have asked me what kind … Continue reading

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Frugal Your Way Out of Debt

People have gotten into debt for a variety of reasons. Some is due to their own fault while others aquired the debt from circumstances beyond their control. While it’s important to understand why you got into debt so that you … Continue reading

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10 Steps to a More Effective Complaint Letter

No matter how careful you are about your spending, there is still a chance the product or service you receive will not live up to your expectations. However, having your problem resolved is not always as simple as contacting customer … Continue reading

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Weekend Personal Finance Articles

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Printer Ink Hacks: How to fight back when your printer says you’re out of ink Where to turn … Continue reading

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Please Stop The Treat Bag Madness

I went to my share of birthday parties as a child and without exception they were of singular focus – to celebrate the birthday of a friend or relative. All attention was placed on the “person of the day” or … Continue reading

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10 Ways to Save Money on Veterinary Expenses

If you have a pet or are thinking about getting one, you know that they can be expensive. Lovable, but expensive. In addition to food and supplies, the biggest expense of owning a pet is likely to be vet bills. … Continue reading

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24 Ways to Make and Save Money With Your Computer

If you’re reading this, chances are good that you have regular access to a computer and an Internet connection. You probably rely on your computer to accomplish a lot of things (and waste some time), but do you realize that … Continue reading

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Paris Hilton Works Harder Than You Do

I hate Paris Hilton. I hate her a lot more than I did a few hours ago. I can thank my sister for that. My sister, to put it bluntly, is a royal pain in the butt. This is a … Continue reading

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Why You Should Find A Financial Mentor

I’m very careful with my money, but everything about it is not clear as crystal. Every year around January, questions I have to ask about taxes, income, claims and reporting. Later, around September, I do my business finances and re-configure … Continue reading

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Mortgage Rip-Offs and Money Savers

If you’re shopping for a house, one of the biggest favors you can do yourself is getting educated about the complicated process of applying for a mortgage. A mortgage is probably the most expensive obligation you’ll ever have, and if … Continue reading

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